Where you live determines how much tuition you’ll pay at Chaffey College. All applications
processed by Chaffey College are reviewed for California residency status for purposes
of determining eligibility for resident fees. Those who do not meet the screening
criteria are required to submit a completed residency questionnaire to the Admissions
and Records office (T5 54012). Your information will be reviewed and you will be contacted by our residency staff.
Please be aware that you will be required to submit any additional documentation deemed
necessary to make a final determination of your status (T5 54024).
Residency determination is based on regulations from the California Education Code,
Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, and the California Community College
Chancellor’s Office. In order to be classified as a resident of California for tuition
purposes, students with a current status that does not preclude establishing residency
must meet the requirements of:
- Physical presence in California for one year and one day prior to the first day of
the semester for which you will be attending; and
- Demonstrated intent to make California your permanent residence.
Objective manifestations of intent to establish California residence include, but
are not limited to:
- Possessing a California driver’s license.
- Possessing California motor vehicle license plates.
- Payment of California income taxes as a resident.
- Registering to vote and voting in California.
- Licensing from California for professional practice.
- Establishing and maintaining active California bank accounts.
- Being a petitioner of divorce in California.
Conduct inconsistent with a claim of California residence includes, but is not limited
- Maintaining voter registration in another state,
- Being the petitioner for divorce in another state.
- Attending an out-of-state college/university as a resident of that state.
- Declaring nonresidence for state income tax purposes.
Physical presence in California solely for educational purposes does not allow a student
to establish residence, regardless of the length of time present in the state (Ed
Code 68043; Title 5 54022(c)).
Please Note: All residency determinations must be made during the current term. Residency
status cannot be changed once the term has ended.
There are many options for determining California residency, so every person’s situation
is different. Please rely only on the information provided to you by the Admissions
and Records Office.
Special Immigrant Visas
Education Code section 68075.6 grants an immediate nonresident tuition fee exemption
to eligible Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and refugee students who settled
in California upon entering the United States. This exemption is granted for one year
from the date the student settled in California upon entering the United States.
This exemption applies to the following:
- Iraqi citizens or nationals (and their spouses and children) who were employed by
or on behalf of the United States Government in Iraq (Pub.L. No. 110-181, §1244)
- Afghan and Iraqi translators (and their spouses and children) who worked directly
with the United States Armed Forces (Pub.L. No. 109-163, §1059)
- Afghanistan nationals who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government or
in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan (Pub.L. No. 111-8,
- Refugee students admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the
United States Code
If you have previously attended Chaffey as a nonresident and are now eligible for
resident status you must submit an updated Residency Questionnaire, including the
Financial Independence section. You will be required to provide proof of your financial
independence. Our residency staff will inform you what documents are required once
your form has been reviewed in our office.
The burden is on the student to demonstrate clearly both physical presence in California
and intent to establish California residence (T5 54026). Failure to provide requested
documents will result in a status of nonresident.
Veteran Students – Please contact Laura Rodes in the veteran’s resource center at
AB 540/Dreamer Students – Learn more about tuition as it pertains to Dreamers/AB 540 students on this page.